For patients who have experienced a hernia, the pain can be excruciating and debilitating. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), over one million hernia repair surgeries are performed each year. Many hernia sufferers were told that a quick surgery with a hernia mesh implant would correct their hernias so they could return to normal life. Unfortunately, hernia mesh has proven to not only be ineffective, but incredibly dangerous because it causes serious and sometimes permanent complications and injuries.
How Does Hernia Mesh Work?
Hernias are small weakness in the abdominal wall where internal organs and tissues push through. Left untreated, hernias can cause life-threatening injuries. Hernia mesh is a woven plastic patch placed on holes in the abdominal wall to prevent organs and tissues from protruding. Unfortunately, hernia mesh products create more problems than they solve. Since the mid-2000s, the FDA has received thousands of reports of complications related to hernia mesh and has actually recalled several hernia mesh products for causing complications.
Injuries From Hernia Mesh
The FDA has received an overwhelming number of adverse event reports regarding hernia mesh. Some of the most common injuries from hernia mesh include:
- Chronic pain
- Hernia Recurrence
- Organ perforation
- Erosion of the device causing hernia recurrence
- Nerve damage surrounding the hernia mesh
- Migration of the mesh
Hernia mesh injuries are particularly tragic because of the nature of the injury. Each recurrence of a hernia greatly decreases the likelihood of complete recovery. This means patients with defective hernia mesh patches may have wasted their only chance at repairing their hernias. Some complications, like mesh migration and adhesion, may not be able to be repaired, causing patients permanent pain.
The Manufacturers Should Have Warned Patients
Hernia mesh manufacturers failed to warn patients of the dangers associated with their devices. Patients had the right to know the potential side effects before implantation. Some of the most common hernia mesh products on the market include:
- Physiomesh and Proceed manufactured by Ethicon Inc. (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson)
- C-Qur, ProLoop, and ProLite Mesh manufactured by Atrium Medical Corporation
- Kugel, 3DMax, Prolene, and Davol manufactured by C. R. Bard Corporation
- Versatex Monofilament Mesh manufactured by Sofradim Production
- Covidien manufactured by Medtronic
Get Help From A Hernia Mesh Lawyer
Patients suffering from hernia mesh complications have rights. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries caused by defective hernia mesh, you may be able to file a lawsuit to pursue compensation. The experienced hernia mesh lawyers at Dax F. Garza, P.C. can explain your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.